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Thirty-nine Auctions Archived, 23 Upcoming this Week

For the week ended Saturday, May 20th, 39 auctions were archived to the Rare Book Hub Transaction Database; 15 denominated in euros, 6 in British pounds, 1 in Swedish krona, and 17 in US dollars.  Turnover was $11,485,315 as 14,985 lots were offered and 9,934 sold for a 66% success rate.  It was an active week.  The average realization was $1,156.

3 auctions saw their total proceeds reach a million dollars: 

Heritage AuctionsComics on May 19th: $8,339,389 
Kiefer Buch und KunstauktionenBooks, Graphics modern and ancient Arts, Antiques - Day 1 on May 5th: $1,069,749 
SothebysPhotographs on May 19th: $1,060,800 

5 auctions saw total sales exceed 100% of the high estimates of all lots offered in the sale: 

Binoche et GiquelloAutographs and Manuscripts on May 12th: 145.03% 
Lyon and TurnbullRare Books, Manuscripts, Maps and Photography on May 17th: 144.16% 
AderOld and Modern Prints - Day 1 on May 11th: 121.57% 
Binoche et GiquelloPHOTOGRAPHS : ADOLPHE BRAUN – Fifty five Views of the Alps on May 17th: 109.25% 
TooveysPostcards, Cigarette Cards; Photographs, Autographs, Printed & Manuscript Ephemera on May 16th: 107.81% 

Top 25 Lots Reported This Past Week.
  1. Heritage Auctions The Airplane as Art (portfolio of 302 photographs), 1986-1997 (one taken in 2000) on May 19th Actual price: USD $125,000.
  2. Heritage Auctions Apollo Guidance Computer: Original Display and Keyboard (DSKY) Unit. on May 19th Actual price: USD $93,750.
  3. Zisska and Lacher DIOSCORIDES LATINUS – Einzelblatt aus einer lateinischen Handschrift der Materia medica von Dioskurides auf Pergament. on May 12th Actual price: USD $90,188.
  4. Sothebys 'MANKIND', 2014 on May 19th Actual price: USD $78,000.
  5. Sothebys 'NAN AND BRIAN IN BED, N.Y.C.', 1983 on May 19th Actual price: USD $65,000.
  6. Kiefer Buch und Kunstauktionen Atlas novus. on May 5th Actual price: USD $62,784.
  7. Freemans FORMS IN SPACE on May 16th Actual price: USD $62,500.
  8. Swann Galleries Seven Pillars of Wisdom, A Triumph. on May 16th Actual price: USD $62,500.
  9. Sothebys 'LYDIA', 1987 on May 19th Actual price: USD $61,750.
  10. Heritage Auctions Apollo Lunar Module Reaction Control System Marquardt R-4D Rocket Engine with Extended Nozzle, Manufactured in 1965. on May 19th Actual price: USD $57,500.
  11. Sothebys 'PARADISE 17, CALIFORNIA', 1999 on May 19th Actual price: USD $56,875.
  12. Sothebys LE DÉJEUNER SUR L'HERBE, 1964 on May 17th Actual price: USD $52,725.
  13. Zisska and Lacher DIOSCORIDES LATINUS – Einzelblatt aus einer lateinischen Handschrift der Materia medica von Dioskurides auf Pergament. on May 12th Actual price: USD $51,338.
  14. Sothebys 'DIORAMA MAP, LONDON', 2010 on May 19th Actual price: USD $45,500.
  15. Neret Minet and Tessier Ensemble de quatre sphères terrestre, céleste et armillaires signées Jean Baptiste FORTIN (1740-1817) on May 5th Actual price: USD $43,600.
  16. Heritage Auctions Nastassja Kinski and the Serpent, Los Angeles, California, 1981 on May 19th Actual price: USD $42,500.
  17. Sothebys 'PORTRAIT OF ELEPHANT IN DUST, AMBOSELI', 2011 on May 19th Actual price: USD $42,250.
  18. Sothebys 'BEAUTY', C. 1936 on May 19th Actual price: USD $40,625.
  19. Sothebys 'UNTITLED (NUDE RECLINING)', 1922-28 on May 19th Actual price: USD $40,625.
  20. Artcurial Roman notes I (Issue de Roman Notes) - 1970 on May 16th Actual price: USD $40,404.
  21. Artcurial Portrait de famille Ingresque III - 1963-64 on May 16th Actual price: USD $40,404.
  22. Kiefer Buch und Kunstauktionen Album mit 50 (je ca. 21,5 x 27 cm) auf starke Kart.-Bl. aufgez. Photos (albumen prints), tls. bei Pow Kee, on May 5th Actual price: USD $39,240.
  23. Freemans MARILYN MONROE (MARILYN) on May 16th Actual price: USD $37,500.
  24. Ader Visage (Marie-Thérèse). on May 12th Actual price: USD $36,438.
  25. Artcurial Vesuvius - 1985 on May 16th Actual price: USD $34,632.



16 sales saw at least 80% of their lots sell:

Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Comics - bidstart 5/7 on May 14th: 99.44%
Heritage Auctions. Comics on May 19th: 99.11%
Skinner. Irresistible. Unreserved. - Books, Prints - bidstart 4/26 on May 12th: 97.73%
Heritage Auctions. Space Exploration on May 19th: 96.83%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 5/7 on May 14th: 96.01%
Binoche et Giquello. Autographs and Manuscripts on May 12th: 95.00%
Freemans. Modern and Contemporary Art - Prints and Photographs on May 16th: 90.28%
Forum Auctions. Online Sale: Books and Works on Paper on May 11th: 88.00%
Swann Galleries. 19th and 20th Century Literature on May 16th: 86.30%
Tooveys. Postcards, Cigarette Cards; Photographs, Autographs, Printed & Manuscript Ephemera on May 16th: 84.65%
Tooveys. Prints on May 17th: 82.61%
Ader. Old and Modern Prints - Day 2 on May 12th: 81.94%
Potter and Potter Auctions. Gambling Memorabilia - Day 1 - Cards, Books, Ephemera on May 6th: 80.88%
Bruun Rasmussen. Prints on May 16th: 80.61%
Artcurial. Limited Editions on May 16th: 80.49%
Sothebys. Design - Prints, Photographs on May 17th: 80.00%


39 total sales reported this week:

Heritage Auctions. Comics on May 19th: 99.11%
Heritage Auctions. Space Exploration on May 19th: 96.83%
Heritage Auctions. Photographs, Internet Auction - Session 1 on May 19th: 67.47%
Sothebys. The Discerning Eye: Property from the Collection of Eric Franck, Part I on May 19th: 40.34%
Sothebys. Photographs on May 19th: 58.59%
PBA Galleries. Fine Literature on May 18th: 71.73%
Lyon and Turnbull. Rare Books, Manuscripts, Maps and Photography on May 17th: 78.06%
Binoche et Giquello. PHOTOGRAPHS : ADOLPHE BRAUN – Fifty five Views of the Alps on May 17th: 72.73%
Tajan. Manuscripts and Autographs on May 17th: 36.18%
Zisska and Lacher. Books, Manuscripts, Autographs, Atlases, Prints on May 12th: 67.93%
Sothebys. Design - Prints, Photographs on May 17th: 80.00%
Artcurial. Limited Editions on May 16th: 80.49%
Tooveys. Prints on May 17th: 82.61%
Aguttes. A WEEKEND IN BAGATELLE - GENTLEMEN ONLY: CULTURAL CHARITY SALE & AUCTION - Prints on April 22nd: 36.67%
Aguttes. Part 1: Collection Cross: Prints on April 19th: 61.54%
The Antiquarian Book. Online auction sale of old & rare books, maps, prints, documents and vintage photography on May 10th: 23.33%
Freemans. Modern and Contemporary Art - Prints and Photographs on May 16th: 90.28%
Holabird Kagin Americana. Dynamite, Guns, and Gold (Session 3, Western Americana, Cowboy, Indian) on April 30th: 66.04%
Holabird Kagin Americana. Dynamite, Guns, and Gold(Session 2, Minerals, Gold, Numismatics, Firearms, ) on April 29th: 63.16%
Forum Auctions. Online Sale: Books and Works on Paper on May 11th: 88.00%
Holabird Kagin Americana. Dynamite, Guns and Gold - Day 1 - Books, mining ephemera, manuscripts on April 28th: 79.10%
Swann Galleries. 19th and 20th Century Literature on May 16th: 86.30%
Tooveys. Postcards, Cigarette Cards; Photographs, Autographs, Printed & Manuscript Ephemera on May 16th: 84.65%
Bruun Rasmussen. Prints on May 16th: 80.61%
Rossini. Lithographs, Aquatints, Posters, Engravings - Online bidstart 4/26 on May 15th: 17.80%
Stockholms Auktionsverk. Modern Art and Design - Prints on May 11th: 75.61%
Skinner. Irresistible. Unreserved. - Books, Prints - bidstart 4/26 on May 12th: 97.73%
Ader. Old and Modern Prints - Day 2 on May 12th: 81.94%
Binoche et Giquello. Autographs and Manuscripts on May 12th: 95.00%
Ader. Old and Modern Prints - Day 1 on May 11th: 70.03%
Neret Minet and Tessier. Marine and Travel - Books, Prints, Maps on May 5th: 45.61%
RR Auction. Autographs and Artifacts - Internet bidstart 4/21 on May 10th: 67.94%
Potter and Potter Auctions. Gambling Memorabilia - Day 2 - Coin-op, cheating, poker chips on May 7th: 71.88%
Potter and Potter Auctions. Gambling Memorabilia - Day 1 - Cards, Books, Ephemera on May 6th: 80.88%
Michaans Auctions. May Estate Auction on May 13th: 54.55%
Kiefer Buch und Kunstauktionen. Books, Graphics modern and ancient Arts, Antiques - Day 2 on May 6th: 47.94%
Kiefer Buch und Kunstauktionen. Books, Graphics modern and ancient Arts, Antiques - Day 1 on May 5th: 47.33%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 5/7 on May 14th: 96.01%
Heritage Auctions. Sunday Internet Comics - bidstart 5/7 on May 14th: 99.44%


For the week ahead 23 sales are scheduled:

Mon. May. 22nd
Il Ponte. Milan. Books, Manuscripts and Engravings. 214 lots
Ketterer Kunst Doerling. Hamburg. Rare Books. 102 lots
Bruun Rasmussen. Copenhagen. Prints. 95 lots
Ketterer Kunst Doerling. Hamburg. Valuable Books - Part 2. 345 lots

Tue. May. 23rd
Leslie Hindman Auctioneers. Chicago. Fine Prints. 370 lots
PIASA. Paris. Photographs. 154 lots
Bonhams. Edinburgh. The Sporting Sale - Books and Prints. 39 lots
Sothebys. London. Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts and Continental Books. 128 lots
Sothebys. London. Musical Manuscripts. 54 lots

Wed. May. 24th
ALDE. Paris. Original Editions and Illustrated Books. 547 lots
Doyle New York. New York. The Estate of Aileen Mehle. 51 lots
Forum Auctions. London. Important Books and Manuscripts. 230 lots
Moreshet Auctions. Jerusalem. Judaica - Books, Manuscripts, Letters. 64 lots

Thu. May. 25th
Swann Galleries. New York. Graphic Design. 330 lots
Galerie Bassenge. Berlin-Grunewald . 15th-19th Century Prints. 671 lots
Brunk Auctions. Asheville, NC . Online Sale: Naturalist Prints and More... Internet bidstart 5/11. 57 lots
Sothebys. London. Alexander Iolas - Prints. 31 lots

Sat. May. 27th
Galerie Bassenge. Berlin-Grunewald . Modern Art, part 1 - Prints. 137 lots
Galerie Bassenge. Berlin-Grunewald . Modern Art, Part 2 - Prints. 235 lots
Aspire Auctions. Cleveland. Art - Prints - bidstart 5/19. 96 lots
Galerie Bassenge. Berlin-Grunewald . An American Private Collection - From Lesser Ury to Rolf Nesch. 51 lots

Sun. May. 28th
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Comics - bidstart 5/21.
Heritage Auctions. Dallas. Sunday Internet Movie Posters - bidstart 5/21.

Bruce McKinney

RBH and AE

  • <center><b>Hindman Auctions<br>Fine Books and Manuscripts<br>November 12-13, 2020</b>
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 12-13:</b> MACHIAVELLI, Niccolò. <i>Nicholas Machiavel's Prince. Also, The life of Castruccio Castracani of Lucca…</i> Translated by Edward Dacres. London, 1640. $25,000 to $35,000.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 12-13:</b> FILSON, John. <i>The Discovery, Settlement and present State of Kentucke: and An Essay towards the Topography, and Natural History of that important Country…</i> Wilmington, Del.: James Adams, 1784. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 12-13:</b> ELUARD, Paul. <i>Un poeme dans chaque livre.</i> Paris: Louis Broder, 1956. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <center><b>Hindman Auctions<br>Fine Books and Manuscripts<br>November 12-13, 2020</b>
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 12-13:</b> LEWIS, James Otto. [<i>Aboriginal Port Folio.</i> Philadelphia: Published by the Author, 1835-1836]. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 12-13:</b> [ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPTS]. BOOK OF HOURS, use of Rome, in Latin. [Southern Netherlands (Ghent or Bruges), c.1460]. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 12-13:</b> MORE, Thomas, Sir. <i>The Workes ... wrytten by him in the Englysh tongue.</i> Edited by William Rastell. London, 1557. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <center><b>Hindman Auctions<br>Fine Books and Manuscripts<br>November 12-13, 2020</b>
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 12-13:</b> [KELMSCOTT PRESS]. MORRIS, William. <i>Love is Enough.</i> Hammersmith: The Kelmscott Press, 1897. $5,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 12-13:</b> LINCOLN, Abraham. Autograph endorsement signed as President (“A. Lincoln”), 24 February 1863. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 12-13:</b> WASHINGTON, George. Address panel with autograph free frank signed ("G:o Washington"), as Commander in Chief of the Continental Army, 5 August 1777. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <center><b>Hindman Auctions<br>Fine Books and Manuscripts<br>November 12-13, 2020</b>
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 12-13:</b> GOREY, Edward. <i>The Beastly Baby.</i> N.p.: The Fantod Press, 1962. $1,000 to $1,500.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 12-13:</b> FROST, Robert. Photographic reproduction signed and inscribed ("Robert Frost”), to R.V. Thornton, 1955. $1,000 to $1,500.
    <b>Hindman Auctions, Nov. 12-13:</b> GOREY, Edward. <i>The Bug Book.</i> New York: Looking Glass Library, 1959. $500 to $700.
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 17:</b> Jane Austen, <i>Pride & Prejudice,</i> 3 volumes, first edition, London, 1813. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 17:</b> John Hancock, Uncommon Privateer Commission, signed as President of Continental Congress, 1777. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 17:</b> Frank Lloyd Wright, photograph signed & inscribed. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 17:</b> Abraham Lincoln, document signed conscripting troops for first national draft in U.S., 1863. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 17:</b> Jane Austen, <i>Sense & Sensibility,</i> 3 volumes, first edition, London, 1811. $30,000 to $40,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 17:</b> Charles Dickens, <i>American Notes for General Circulation,</i> first edition, inscribed to Richard Henry Dana, Jr., London, 1842. $30,000 to $40,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 17:</b> John Maynard Keynes, <i>The General Theory of Employment, Interest & Money,</i> first edition, London, 1936. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 17:</b> Alexandre Raymond, <i>L’Art Islamique en Orient,</i> 2 volumes, first editions, Péra-Constantinople, 1922-24. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Nov 17:</b> Igor Stravinsky, autograph musical quotation signed, 3 bars from <i>Perséphone,</i> 1936. $1,500 to $2,500.
  • <b>Christie’s, Nov 3 :</b> REGAMEY, Felix (1844-1906). Unique drawing showing Verlaine and Rimbaud in London, September 1872. €70,000 to 100,000
    <b>Christie’s, Nov 3 :</b> LABORDE, Alexandre de (1773-1842). <i>Voyage pittoresque et historique de l’Espagne.</i> Paris : 1806-1820. €20,000 to 30,000
    <b>Christie’s, Nov 3 :</b> BOCCACE, Jean (1313-1375). <i>Il Decamerone…</i> Venise : Gabriele Giolito di Ferrari, 1542.<br>€ 12,000 to 15,000
    <b>Christie’s, Nov 3 :</b> LAMBERT, Yvon (1936). Full collection of writings from <i>Une rêverie émanée de mes loisirs.</i> Paris : 1992 - 2018. €50,000 to 70,000
    <b>Christie’s, Nov 3 :</b> JOUVE, Paul (1878-1973) -- KIPLING, Rudyard (1865-1936). <i>La Chasse de Kaa.</i> Paris : Javal & Bourdeaux, 1930. €2,000 to 3,000